Quotations of Wisdom

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Thomas Jefferson

A man is not qualified for a professor, knowing nothing but merely his own profession. He should be otherwise well-educated as to the sciences generally; able to converse understandingly with the scientific men with whom he is associated, and to assist in the councils of the faculty on any subject of science on which they may have occasion to deliberate. Without this, he will incur their contempt, and bring disreputation on the institution. [Q536]

Barbara Deming

Vengeance is not the point; change is. But the trouble is that in most people's minds the thought of victory and the thought of punishing the enemy coincide. [Q1395]

Maya Angelou

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. [Q689]

Milton S Hershey

One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy and only useful as he contributes his influences for the finer callings in life. [Q1391]

Marshall McLuhan

The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar. [Q1480]

Virgil

Fear is proof of a degenerate mind. [Q1577]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. [Q1088]

Plato

When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. [Q912]

Missouri Constitution of 1820

...free communication of thoughts and opinions is one of the invaluable rights of man, and that every person may freely speak, write, and print, on any subject... [Q1883]

René Descartes

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. [Q1119]

Bill Gates

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. [Q1292]

Scott Nesler

My hope is in the average citizen's desire for freedom and democracy. It is within these individuals true patriotism exist and where the voice of humanity can be heard. [Q1553]

Ward Cunningham

My hope is that wiki becomes a totem for a way of interacting with people. Tradition in the work world has been more top down, while wiki, standing for the Internet, is becoming a model for a new way of work. Largely driven by reduced communication costs, it changes what needs to be done and how it’s going to get done. I hope that the wiki nature, if not the wiki code, makes some contribution. [Q1005]

Sarah's Key

When a story is told, it is not forgotten. It becomes something else, a memory of who we were, the hope of what we can become. [Q1879]

Gustav Mahler

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. [Q634]

Winston Churchill

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. [Q690]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes. [Q403]

John Steinbeck

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. [Q1368]

Aristotle

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. [Q837]

Meister Eckhart

Every creature is a word of God. [Q1624]

Ibni Sina

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. [Q1922]

Václav Havel

The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both. [Q1754]

Theodore Roosevelt

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. [Q1286]

Marshall McLuhan

We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us. [Q1486]

Paul Elmer More

We are born knowing nothing and with much striving we learn but a little; yet all the while we are bound by laws that hearken to no plea of ignorance, and measure out their rewards and punishments with calm indifference. [Q464]

Sir Francis Bacon

Practical men, like owls, see clearly in the dim twilight of their preconceptions and are blinded by the bright light of truth. [Q1871]

Stephen Hawking

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. [Q728]

Dr. Zaius

I have always known about man. From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand and hand with his idiocy. His emotions must rule his brain. He must be a warlike creature who gives battle to everything around him, even himself. [Q1602]

Leo Tolstoy

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. [Q1256]

Senator Paul Simon

Cynicism by the media produces cynical citizens. [Q1816]

Marvin Minsky

In science, one can learn the most by studying what seems the least. — Page 20, Prologue, The Society of Mind [Q1993]

Scott Nesler

Sometimes we become so focused on the syntax of words that meaning is lost. Understanding is an iterative process often involving fuzzy logic. Don't let words get in the way of understanding. [Q400]

Pete Seeger

I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. [Q347]

Jesse Jackson

Your children need your presence more than your presents. [Q1552]

Ann Landers

Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. [Q448]

Master Kan

To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance. [Q521]

Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel)

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. [Q1555]

Bill Clinton

We can't make the perfect the enemy of the good. [Q86]

Ward Cunningham

Top down hierarchies make communication work when it is expensive, I hope that wiki can be a flagship in this move in the industry to produce computer support for this kind of work and evolve organizational forms. [Q1012]

George Orwell

It is a fact that the much-boasted freedom of the British press is theoretical rather than actual. To begin with, the centralised ownership of the press means in practice that unpopular opinions can only be printed in books or in newspapers with small circulations. [Q1670]

Russell Simmons

I'm not a politician. I only want to help relieve the suffering in communities, and I want to help people see their community in each other. [Q1310]

Margaret Mead

As long as any adult thinks that he, like the parents and teachers of old, can become introspective, invoking his own youth to understand the youth before him, he is lost. [Q1417]

Dante Alighieri

O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault! [Q1512]

Clarence Darrow

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. [Q1102]

Clarence Darrow

Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. [Q1106]

Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! [Q695]

Frederick Douglass

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. [Q697]

Edward de Bono

We must also remember that sometimes value changes can be harmful. Apparent value changes gave power and cohesion to Nazi Germany. the encouragement of hostility and warlike values has been responsible for much aggression. Prejudice and persecution have also arisen in the past from encouraged values. (From the book, I am Right, you are Wrong, Page 21) [Q1999]

Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. [Q1273]

Thomas Paine

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. [Q280]

Morihei Ueshiba

The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang. [Q582]

Konrad Lorenz

Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing. [Q1430]

Richard P. Feynman

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man. [Q735]

Jimmy Wales

People are not fundamentally bad. It only takes the smallest of correctives to take care of that tiny minority that wants to disrupt the community. [Q218]

Italo Calvino

The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space. — Invisible Cities [Q389]

Unattributed

You don't know what you don't know until somebody tells you. [Q386]

Plato

He was a wise man who invented beer. [Q883]

Jean de La Fontaine

Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value. [Q714]

Jim Morrison

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. [Q723]

Thor Heyerdahl

I also believe that when one dies, one may wake up to the reality that proves that time does not exist. [Q1533]

Aristotle

Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. [Q842]

Charles Lindbergh

Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter. [Q1937]

Senator Paul Simon

When radio-evangelist Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority gave me a zero rating and Dick Kelly a 100 percent rating, and Dick was subsequently indicted and convicted, I used his rating to defend myself. When asked about my Moral Majority rating, I told reporters, "I knew I was morally imperfect, I just didn't realize the extent of my imperfection." One of the "immoral" votes I cast, according to the Moral Majority, was one for foreign aid to help poor and hungry people. [Q1731]

Albert Einstein

If I give you a pfennig, you will be one pfennig richer and I'll be one pfennig poorer. But if I give you an idea, you will have a new idea, but I shall still have it, too. [Q120]

Isaac Newton

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. [Q369]

Václav Havel

A year ago, we all were united in the joy over having broken free of totalitarianism. Today we all are made somewhat nervous by the burden of freedom. Our society is still in a state of shock. This shock could have been expected, but none of us expected it to be so profound. The old system collapsed, and a new one so far has not been built. Our social life is marked by a subliminal uncertainty over what kind of system we are going to build, how to build it, and whether we are able to build it at all. [Q1795]

Plato

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. [Q914]

Adlai Stevenson III

4700 years ago this was written on an Assyrian tablet: "Our earth is degenerate in these latter days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write a book, and the end of the world is evidently approaching." [Q1872]

Democritus

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. [Q769]

Mohandas Gandhi

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. [Q33]

Aldous Huxley

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. [Q633]

Flannery O'Connor

Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. [Q612]

George Orwell

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. [Q1662]

Blaise Pascal

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. [Q590]

Alexis de Tocqueville

Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic. [Q958]

Thomas Jefferson

May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. [Q542]

Virgil

Mind moves matter. [Q1584]

Scott Nesler

The world is not flat nor is an argument. [Q129]

Epictetus

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. [Q813]

Arthur Erickson

Our incapacity to comprehend other cultures stems from our insistence on measuring things in our own terms. [Q283]

Adloph Hitler

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think. [Q41]

Swami Vivekananda

As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. [Q1136]

Scott Nesler

We must guard against the tenacity of arguments with hidden agendas. [Q50]

Clarence Darrow

I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood. [Q1099]

Plato

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. [Q889]

Theodore Roosevelt

I am a part of everything that I have read. [Q504]

Konrad Lorenz

Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one. [Q1432]

George Orwell

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. [Q2016]

John Boyd Orr

Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge. [Q1149]

Pythagoras

Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself. [Q924]

Jack Lynch

Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs. [Q2082]

Epicurus

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. [Q801]

Scott Nesler

Never let go of your dream and don't assume someone will develop the essence of your thought. Until you see your idea in reality, keep pushing forward. [Q665]

Marshall McLuhan

It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame. [Q1463]

Carl Sagan

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent to the concerns of such creatures as we. [Q229]

Alexis de Tocqueville

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. [Q1037]

Aristotle

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. [Q855]

Noam Chomsky

One conception of democracy has it that a democratic society is one in which the public has the means to participate in some meaningful way in the management of their own affairs and the means of information are open and free ... An alternative conception of democracy is that the public must be barred from managing of their own affairs and the means of information must be kept narrowly and rigidly controlled. — Media Control - The Spectacular Achievement of Propaganda [Q182]

Woodrow Wilson

If you want to make enemies, try to change something. [Q747]

Francis Bacon

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. [Q1952]

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